The BBC in censorship shocker!
With Judy Garland's 'Ding Dong The Witch is Dead' currently at number 3 on the UK singles chart , the BBC has effectively banned the song from its airwaves.
After days of silence the BBC finally announced it will only play five seconds of the 74 year old song on its Radio 1 Official UK Top 40 show this week.
Said the BBC: “On Sunday, the Radio 1 Chart Show will contain a news item explaining why the song is in the charts during which a short clip will be played as it has been in some of our news programmes.”
The BBC's reaction will only push the song to number one - where it will be when the British establishment spends another $8 million of taxpayers money to farewell the witch. No austerity policies here, folks.
But the band Chumbawamba, who had a huge global hit with 'Tubthumping' in 1997, has been anticipating Thatcher’s death for years.
In 2005, the group pre-sold an EP called In Memoriam: Margaret Thatcher that would be digitally delivered upon the former Prime Minister’s death. It showed up in purchasers' inboxes this week, along with a dissertation from the band explaining that Thatcher’s death is 'a cause to celebrate, to party, to stamp the dirt down.' The record also features a track apparently sung by Augusto Pinochet, the fascist Chilean dictator Thatcher consistently defended.
The EP is also on YouTube for those of us who didn't have the foresight to order a copy seven years ago.
Above is Chumbawamba performing 'So Long' in May 2009. The video, says the band, was 'kept in reserve until the day Mrs Thatcher moved on'.